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Speaking Volumes – Burlington, Vermont

Speaking Volumes – Burlington, Vermont

Regular readers of Bookstore Explorer know I love a good used book shop, although when I actually began thinking about how I define “good,” I wasn’t necessarily sure. A trip to Speaking Volumes in Burlington, Vermont, however, has helped to provide some clarity. The inventory is vast and varied, covering genres across the literary spectrum. Décor is eclectic and spirited, resulting in what the shop’s website calls a “cozy living room atmosphere.” The shelves are tall and jam-packed with used…

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The Flying Pig Bookstore – Shelburne, Vermont

The Flying Pig Bookstore – Shelburne, Vermont

“It’s the symbol of the impossible dream,” says Elizabeth Bluemle when describing how her shop, The Flying Pig Bookstore, got its unique name.  Elizabeth cofounded the shop along with Josie Leavitt in 1996 after moving to small-town Vermont from New York City. Originally located in Charlotte, Vermont (pronounced shar-LOT), the shop moved to its current location in nearby Shelburne thirteen years ago and has served the community ever since.  Conceived as a children’s bookstore, the pair wanted a name with child appeal…

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Phoenix Books – Burlington, Vermont

Phoenix Books – Burlington, Vermont

For bookstore explorers seeking the expanded offerings of a chain shop with the attentive customer care and community spirit of an indie, look no further than Phoenix Books, Vermont’s regional independent shop with locations in Burlington, Essex, and Rutland. Phoenix was opened in 2012 by husband-wife duo Michael DeSanto and Renee Reiner with a clear mission. “If the community is an organism, then the bookstore or library can be viewed as a vital organ of that system,” Michael told the…

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Crow Bookshop – Burlington, Vermont

Crow Bookshop – Burlington, Vermont

Located in downtown Burlington’s charming Church Street Marketplace pedestrian mall, Crow Bookshop has served as the city’s local, independent bookshop for more than two decades. The shop was opened in 1995 by Keith Terwillegar, who had worked at frontlist stores before opening up Crow, which carries a large selection of new, used and vintage titles. When stepping off the bricks of Church Street into the charming shop, visitors are greeted with hardwood floors, creative displays, and shop ladders to reach…

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